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Minneapolis police station on fire as Twin Cities protests grow


Chao Xiong – Star Tribune

Protesters gathered outside the Minneapolis police's Third Precinct station, to watch flames there.

The Twin Cities continued to convulse Thursday in the wake of the Memorial Day death of George Floyd while being restrained by a Minneapolis police officer, another chaotic chapter in America's - and Minnesota's - long reckoning with the killing of unarmed black men by law enforcement officers.

Carlos Gonzalez – Star Tribune

Ruby Wasco, 5, looked over the scene at AutoZone on Thursday. Her family lives near the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct and could hear the protest and rioting from the home last night.

Framed by grief and rage over Floyd's death and uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, the day came in waves: Buildings burned. The police chief apologized. Prayer circles formed at the site of Floyd's killing. Business owners boarded up windows. Post offices closed.

And Gov. Tim Walz called in reinforcements - the first time the Minnesota National Guard has been activated for a civil disturbance in 34 years.

Meanwhile, county and federal prosecutors expressed disgust at Floyd's killing while pleading for the public's patience as they conduct an investigation and mull whether to charge Derek Chauvin, the police officer whose knee was pressed to Floyd's neck as he died, or the other three officers present. The Hennepin County medical examiner mirrored that call for patience, saying an autopsy to determine a cause and manner for Floyd's death cannot be rushed - even as protesters demanded that Chauvin swiftly be charged with murder.


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